A sum of N15million was demanded for the release of Temitope Kuteyi, a correspondent of Channels Television abducted by gunmen in Owerri, Imo state capital on Monday.
Temitope was abducted in his house which is located along Umuguma Specialist Hospital, Owerri, in the early hours of Monday, and his whereabouts has been unknown.
According to an eye witness, the kidnappers were about eight in number and jumped through his fence to gain access to where he was.
“I was in the security room with my brother when someone opened the window and pointed a gun at us and ordered us to open the gate, but I refused,” said the eye witness, Thomas.
“While I was arguing with them, I didn’t know that other members of the gang had climbed into the compound through the fence; they broke into my ‘oga’s’ house and brought him out.
“After that, they entered into the next bungalow and smashed all the window glasses, but the man there escaped through the fence at the back.
“They took his car and drove away with my Oga.”
Hours later, the kidnappers contacted a friend of the victim demanding a ransom of N15million.
According to thecable ng, a press statement issued by Sam Onwuemeodo, chief press secretary to Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo, the government said it was aware of the incident.
The statement reminded the kidnappers that the victim was only a reporter, accusing them of deciding to inconvenience the victim and his family – “A journalist cannot afford to pay any ransom. To us he must have been a victim of mistaken